NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago
(Sunday, March 28th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Osgood made 30 of his 37 saves in the final two periods to lead St. Louis to a 3-1 win over Chicago in the finale of a home-and-home series at the United Center.
Brian Savage finished with a goal and an assist for the Blues, who earned their third straight victory. St. Louis now has 87 points and is tied with Edmonton for seventh place in the Western Conference standings, two ahead of ninth-place Nashville. Keith Tkachuk and Petr Cajanek also scored.
"We need every point we can get these last three games," Savage said. "We're really in a good playoff dogfight."
Shawn Thornton scored for the Blackhawks, who suffered their second straight loss and are winless in their last five (0-2-2-1). Adam Munro stopped 22 shots.
St. Louis, which had 10:48 worth of power-play time in the first period scored on three of its six power plays in the initial 20 minutes to go ahead 3-0. Tkachuk, Cajanek and Savage each scored on a two-man advantage.
"When you have a [two-man advantage] you have to make good on the chances," Savage said. "We have a lot of snipers and got a lot of good shots."
Tkachuk opened the scoring at 6:20 of the first on a wrist shot from the slot. It was his 18th power-play goal of the season.
Then Cajanek and Savage both scored less than two minutes apart midway through the period. Cajanek tipped in a cross-crease pass from Savage with 9:55 left in the first. Savage scored on a wrister from the slot 1:36 later.
Thornton, who was recalled before the game, got the Blackhawks within 3-1 early in the second period. He beat Osgood with a wrist shot from the slot, on his own rebound, at 1:52 of the second.
Later in the period, Thornton re-directed a shot from the slot off the goalpost.
Chicago dominated play in the second, holding a 18-5 shot advantage.
With 6:30 left in the third period, Osgood stopped a breakaway shot by Tyler Arnason to preserve St. Louis' two-goal lead. The Blackhawks outshot the Blues 13-5 in the third.
Osgood stopped 17 shots in the second period and 13 in the third for the Blues.
"It's tough to come back when there are questionable [penalty] calls early," Chicago defenseman Steve McCarthy said. "But I think, 5-on-5 we were clearly the better team."
Doug Weight, Scott Mellanby both had two assists for the Blues, who snapped an eight-game winless string in Chicago (0-5-3)...St. Louis, which scored with the extra skater on the road for the first time in eight games, has one loss in its last six overall (4-1-1)...Mikhail Yakubov and Matt Keith both had an assist on Thornton's goal for Chicago.
03/28 22:45:35 ET